As a student in school, college or university you have a world of choice and opportunity in front of you
You truly can do almost anything you could possibly desire. I know it doesn’t always feel like that but you are not fundamentally different from the two people you can see on the short clips below.
Malala Yousafzai became famous as the youngest ever Nobel prize winner for her defense of the rights of girls to an education.
Easton La Chappelle was only twelve years old when he met a little girl with an artificial limb and became inspired to give her a better one that her family could afford.
The limitations we live with in our lives are put there by ourselves
We start putting those limitations in place at a very early age. If you are already telling yourself that you can’t do this, that or the other and you could write a book full of reasons to confirm the truth of this statement then you are already living within limitations of your own making.
With a lifetime of opportunity in front of you it is too early to become stuck in a limiting groove
I have met and worked with many students. The great majority of them were already carrying some baggage of unworthiness or disbelief in their abilities. We live in a world organised in many hierarchies. We care who wins when it comes to football, rugby the Olympics and the rest. Then we give a meaning to not winning. We call it losing and in another little move we take ‘I didn’t win that competition, race or whatever’ and we translate that into ‘I am a loser’.
Exams not passed, university places not achieved, sporting prizes not won are simply moments in a lifetime. They do not define the whole future that stretches out in front of you.
Jocelyn Bell Burnell, world famous astrophysicist from Lurgan failed her 11+ exam and went to a school that didn’t allow her to study physics. Neither obstacle prevented her from becoming what she wanted to be.
Steven Spielberg has won 3 Academy Awards and is one of the most successful filmmakers in history. As a young teenager he dropped out of school. When he was persuaded to come back he was placed in a special needs class. He stayed a month and then dropped out of school forever.
Michael Jordan is one of the all time greats of basketball in the USA. He said, “I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot, and I missed. I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
Your future is yours to create. It will be my pleasure to help you clear the limitations out of your path and help you colour in the vision you will create, make a plan and get you on the road to achieving it.